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Attorney in Lexington, KY

Tom Meng is a Member of the firm based in its Lexington office, where he is a member of both the Natural Resources Service Group and the Real Estate & Banking Service Group. His career in natural resources and real estate law spans almost 35 years. In particular, he has represented coal, oil and gas and utility companies on property rights issues and litigation, coal supply contracts, contract mining agreements, regulatory compliance, acquisitions of mining operations, and financing. He also handles commercial real estate, leasing and financing transactions for regional and national banks and insurance companies. Mr. Meng has made presentations at numerous Energy and Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institutes and University of Kentucky Mineral Law seminars.

Mr. Meng has been elected a fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He has long been active in the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, serving as President (2003-04); Vice President (2002-03); Treasurer (2001-02); and member of the Executive Committee (1998-2006).

Recent Articles and Speaking Engagements

· "Mineral Property Law," HalfMoon Seminars, Lexington, Ky., July 17, 2012

· "Coal Industry Land Law," with William T. Gorton III, Oliver H. (Scott) Barber III, HalfMoon Seminars, Lexington, Ky., January 22, 2010

· "The Coal Lease," Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Coal Law Short Course, Morgantown, WV, Aug. 2-6, 2009

· "Post Lease Conveyance and Termination," Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Coal Law Short Course, Morgantown, WV, Aug. 2-6, 2009

· "Seller Representations and Warranties Unique to Mineral Transactions," Presenter, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation 31st Mineral Law Conference, October, 2006

· "Energy & Mineral Law Foundation 21st Annual Institute," Chairman, May 2000

· "Limitations on the Right to Transfer Mineral Leases," 9th Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute, 1988

· "Will Payment of Minimum Royalties Satisfy Development Covenants Under a Mining Lease?," Energy & Mineral Law/University of Kentucky Annual Mineral Law Seminar, 1998

· "Ethics Panel Presentation," 19th Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute, 1998

· "Energy & Mineral Law Foundation/University of Kentucky Annual Mineral Law Seminar," Program Chairman, 1997

· "Title Disputes and The Resolution of Mineral Trespass Cases," University of Kentucky Mineral Law Seminar, 1995

· "Energy & Mineral Law Foundation/University of Kentucky Annual Mineral Law Seminar," Program Chair, 1995

· "Transfers of Title to Mineral Properties," Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute, 1993

· "The Habendum Clause in Coal Leases," University of Kentucky Mineral Law Seminar, 1991

· "Coal Lease Termination by Lessees," University of Kentucky Mineral Law Seminar, 1990

· "Ethics Panel Presentation," 11th Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute, 1990

· "Insurance in the Mineral Industry," University of Kentucky Mineral Law Seminar, 1987

· "Aspects of Property Law Common to All Minerals," Editor, Short & Thomas, Kentucky Mineral Law, 1986

· "Assigning/Subleasing Permitted Properties," University of Kentucky Mineral Law Seminar, 1985

Before Stites & Harbison

Prior to entering private practice, Tom served one year as Law Clerk to Hon. Scott Reed, Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Professional Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell® AV-rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Environmental - Litigation, Real Estate - Litigation, Mining Law and Natural Resources Law (2001-14)

Best Lawyers in America®, Lexington Area Lawyer of the Year for Natural Resources Law (2013)

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2008-12)

Community Involvement

The Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation, Board Member (2009-present) and Vice President (2011-present)


American Bar Association, Real Property Section; Corporate Section; Natural Resources Section

American College of Real Estate Lawyers

Kentucky Bar Association, Ethics Committee, 1976-79; Real Property Section; Corporate Section; Natural Resources Section

Energy Bar Association

Kentucky Coal Association

Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, President, 2003; Executive Committee, Member, 1998-2006

Industry Experience

Banking / Financial Services

Natural Resources / Mining / Energy

Real Estate / Real Estate Development

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Areas of Law

  • Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy
  • Natural Resources & Energy
  • Real Estate General Practice
  • Regulatory Counseling / Permitting
  • Real Estate Development & Finance


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Admission Details

Admitted in 1974, Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

Law School Attended

University of Kentucky College of Law
Class of 1974

University Attended

University of Kentucky
Class of 1971

Birth Information

Born in 1949
Carrollton, Kentucky, August 27, 1949

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Thomas E. Meng
 250 West Main Street, Suite 2300,
Lexington, KY 40507-1758


Stites & Harbison, PLLC (Lexington, Kentucky)

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